Ghana, Cameroon share the spoils

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Habib Mohammed netted late for Ghana to salvage a 1-1 draw against Cameroon in their opening 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations Group A clash on Friday night.

Both the Indomitable Lions and the Black Meteors were playing their first ever game in the history of the competition.

The Ghanaian side started at a high intensity threatening to get an early goal but Rigobert Song's troops were equal to the task at the back with good defending.

Evans Mensah, who was causing problems for Cameroon in midfield, almost setup the breakthrough goal for Yaw Yeboah on the half-hour mark after sliding through a defence splitting pass but the latter skied his effort over the bar.

Ibrahim Tanko's charges were asking questions of Cameroon in the closing phase of the first stanza but Song's men stayed strong at the back and the sides went to the break deadlocked, without goals.

The sides were cancelling each other out early in the second stanza and the Indomitable Lions broke the deadlock on the hour-mark through a brilliant free-kick by Franck Evina from the edge of the box towards the top corner at the near post, 1-0.

The Black Meteors had a great chance to level matters with 21 minutes remaining after Samuel Obeng threaded a through ball inside the box but Owusu Kwabena's curling strike missed agonisingly wide.

Ghana's pressure finally paid off with three minutes remaining after Mohammed found the equaliser with a close range finish after an assist from Kwabena and the sides shared a point each in the end, in Group A and both trail leaders Egypt by two poi